The Importance of Being Earnest can feel like fairy floss: sweet, yes, but when you start to pull it apart it becomes insubstantial. The play is an outright farce and this production by the State Theatre Company of South Australia emphasises the intrinsic silliness of the story. But if this is a farce, it is [...]
[ 28 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; 29 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; 30 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]
Come and join us in the Underground…
The Canberra Youth Theatre Teen and Senior Ensembles have been bringing their considerable talents to bear for STUDIO UNDERGROUND – a secret theatre experience where you only find out what you are seeing when you arrive at the theatre! How many times do we dismiss an interesting looking show [...]
[ 12 September 2014 at 7:00 pm; 13 September 2014 at 2:00 pm; 13 September 2014 at 7:00 pm; 14 September 2014 at 1:00 pm; ]
A new locally produced show is coming to the Belconnen Community Centre in September. Little Red is a cautionary tale based on the familiar ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. A funny and dark tale involving a lying wolf, a deceived girl and an unexpected path.
The show incorporates circus skills such as acrobatics, aerial skills [...]
[ 13 September 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]
Red Bull Flying Bach is coming to Canberra in September following sell out shows in Sydney and Melbourne in 2013.
Removing boundaries between classical and urban art, Flying Bach fuse the music of 18th Century composer Johann Sabastian Bach with explosive moves thanks to world champion breakdance crew, Flying Steps who formed in 1993.
Red Bull Flying [...]
“Even in Arcadia, there is death.” But that’s fine, there’s plenty of sex to balance things out. Stoppard’s sex comedy/romantic ode to science still delights in a decent but flawed production by Canberra Repertory and veteran director Aarne Neeme.
This is a play of two halves. In the early 1800s live-in tutor Septimus (Matthew Barton) tries [...]
[ 7 August 2014 at 7:00 pm; 8 August 2014 at 7:00 pm; 9 August 2014 at 2:30 pm; 9 August 2014 at 7:00 pm; ]
Warehouse Circus Inc. are bringing their high flying cast of young artists to shatter your idea of extraordinary with their new show Refract.
An ignorant sailor attracts the attention of a cheeky siren who is determined to rock the boat. Travel with the pair down the river and see what lies just beyond each bend.
“The Crucible meets A Few Good Men”. Duncan Ley’s witch-trial play “The Burning” has clear influences but delivers thrilling and engrossing drama.
Francis Schiller (Jack Parker) returns home from uni only to find something rotten in the town of Bamberg. The historical witch trials are reaching a feverish climax and a cloud of paranoia and suspicion [...]
Bartleby, Julian Hobba’s modern-day adaptation of the parable by Herman Melville, recreates the malaise of the office and shows us the disintegration of a man no longer able to cope with working life. If to work is to live, perhaps he’d just prefer not…
Hobba does an excellent job of adapting the story to a modern [...]
It’s been a big year for locally developed musicals here in Canberra with new big budget productions Heart of a Dog and Winging my Way to the Top already done and dusted. But the year’s not over yet and plucky underdog The Rokitelly Man opens this week. An original musical with script by Michael Hemming [...]
In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]
Local writer/director Kirsty Budding pulls us into our televisions (or at least our DVDs of Disney movies) for The Fairytale Channel, a children’s show in the style of Shrek and Fractured Fairy Tales that skewers fairy-tale logic and encourages us to be what we really want to be. Even if it’s something boring like an [...]
Julian Hobba is best known for “Delicacy”, his play about a real-life case of mutually-agreed cannibalism. Now his imagination has been fired by Herman Melville’s short story “Bartleby”, a before-its-time fable of workplace alienation. With the show opening at The Street Theatre two weeks from now Julian was kind enough to share some of his [...]
Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Nazis. Boy loses girl. Canberra Philharmonic’s production of Cabaret delivers fantastic singing and ensemble numbers but struggles (slightly) with the relationships that drive the story.
In the early 1930s American would-be writer Clifford Bradshaw (Mat Chardon O’Dea) travels to Berlin to find inspiration. Rather than actually trying to write something [...]
As we face a cold weekend of sub -zero nights, what’s on in the Capital to keep you warm?
This week, we asked our entertainment editors their hot tips for the weekend (they’re a picky bunch so hopefully they will provide some good leads).
Theatre Reviewer John Lombard is attending Cabaret on Saturday night – a performance [...]
Anne Somes and Chris Neal (with Derek Walker as director) deliver a fresh, fun show with Legally Blonde. Elle Woods is a dumped by her boyfriend and that begins her epic campaign to win him back by following him to Harvard Law School. Hey, we’ve all done stupider things for love.
Mikayla Williams is nothing short [...]
Patch Theatre’s production of Mr McGee enraptured a theatre packed to the rafters with eight-year-olds and brought at least one grown-up (your reviewer) back to childhood. Although from the grins I saw after the show I suspect the parents and guardians in the audience enjoyed the show just as much as I did.
“Mr McGee and [...]
If you’re after a night of fairytales with a twist, The Magic Hour is for you. Ursula Yovich (Australia, Jindabyne, The Secret River, Redfern, The Gods of Wheat Street) plays a whole cast of characters, updated and dropped into bleak Australian life in this performance described as Little Red Riding Hood meets Trainspotting.
Prepare for [...]
“In little room confining mighty men” – Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Henry V (helmed by Damien Ryan as director) presents us with a classroom of energetic students performing the play to each other and challenges us to engage our imaginations to make the play come to life. As the Chorus (presented here as the [...]
[ 13 June 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]
Fresh Off Da Blane is the latest from the Laughing Samoans comedy duo Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai. If you enjoyed the Flight of the Concords, this New Zealand duo are sure to push your buttons.
Favourite characters such as Aunty Tala and Uncle Sam will appear once again in this show for the whole [...]
Some people get into politics because they want to change the world. And some people are just in it for the cake. Seriously, where’s the cake? What kind of party is this without any cake?
Tom Basden’s “Party” (directed by Daniel McCusker) delighted an audience at Smith’s last night with a genuinely funny script performed with [...]
[ 30 May 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]
This Friday, celebrate winter with Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride. The newest chapter in the legendary film series, Ticket to Ride will take you on an action packed journey with the world’s best skiers and snowboarders. Witness athletes at their career best, and discover the paths that put them at the top of the steepest [...]
[ 24 June 2014 to 25 June 2014. ]
The contagious spirit of Polynesia is taking over Canberra this winter and nowhere is it more joyful than Canberra Theatre Centre where New Zealand’s First Pacific Musical, The Factory, is travelling across the ditch to warm the hearts of locals.
With some of New Zealand’s very best established and emerging musical theatre talent, this fresh [...]
[ 28 May 2014 to 1 June 2014. ]
The Street Theatre will be featuring the out of the ordinary production ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’ between the 28th of May and 1st of June.
‘An unnerving comedy of human freedom that defies national boundaries, censorship… and description.
Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour’s audacious theatrical experiment will come as a shock — not least to the performer [...]
[ 27 June 2014 to 28 June 2014. ]
Patch Theatre Company, South Australia’s longest running theatre company for children, weaves together six of Pamela Allen’s beloved stories in Mr McGee and the Biting Flea, performed from 27-28 June at Canberra Theatre Centre as part of a national tour.
This wonderful production, perfect for 4-8 year olds and families, has been enchanting children around Australia [...]
[ 20 June 2014 to 5 July 2014. ]
The second production for REP’s 2014-15 season is Showtune, celebrating the words and music of Jerry Herman. Opening on 20 June, the production continues until 5 July 2014 at Theatre 3, 3 Repertory Lane Acton. Directed by Jordan Kelly and with Musical Direction by Leisa Keen, no lyric is left unsung in this outstanding retrospective [...]
[ 5 July 2014 at 8:00 pm; ]
Comedy savant Dayne Rathbone and his international rugby star brother Clyde perform their brand new, absurdly funny comedy play “It’s Me Mandela” at The Playhouse Theatre in July.
Since starting his comedy career in Canberra in 2010, hilariously-awkward South African emigrant Dayne has gone on to national and international success.
In 2012 he supported Anthony Jeselnik (USA) [...]
[ 16 May 2014 to 18 May 2014. 21 May 2014 to 24 May 2014. ]
From the 16th to the 24th of May, a cast of extremely talented students at the ANU will be performing the musical Spamalot at the ANU Arts Centre. Brought to life by the student society ANU Interhall Musical Productions, who have previously performed CATS (2013) and Chicago (2011), Spamalot has been an exciting opportunity for [...]
[ 7 May 2014 to 10 May 2014. ]
The 2014 ANU Medical Revue ‘Caecal Weapon 2: The Rise of Salmonella’ is hitting the stage 7-10 May at the ANU Arts Centre.
Following last year’s ‘Para-Medical Activitiy’, which achieved four Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) nominations and the 2012 show winning the CAT Award for Best Original Work, expectations are high.
The ANU Medical Revue is an [...]
With the Canberra Comedy Festival coming up, get in early tonight at Smiths’ Alternative for ‘Schnityz and Giggles’.
Canberras’ only regular improvised comedy show, inspired by ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ (no Wayne Brady unfortunately but we are working on it). Come see some of your cities best improvisors perform for the honour of winning the ‘Golden Schnitz’. [...]
With Giulia Jones and Jeremy Hanson appointing themselves the last arbiters of taste for performances they haven’t seen and calling for drastic sanction against people only remotely involved I thought in my capacity as a private citizen I’d like to throw my own 2c in via the great Charlie Chaplin.